Being potty trained at the ripe age of 27. After arriving in Asia for the first time, I found my Western toilet training completely useless.
So let’s address Asian squat toilet etiquette.
Much of Asia uses squat toilets (or squatty potties) – where the toilet is a hole in the floor covered with porcelain.
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How to Use Squat Toilets
- Roll up pant legs to avoid splatter. It’s a much shallower bowl than a Western toilet.
- Position feet shoulder width apart around the hole. They are typically extended portions of the porcelain for your feet that are ribbed so you don’t slip.
- Squat down till your thighs almost touch calves. Don’t attempt a high seated squat… your legs will be on fire half way through. It’s surprisingly comfortable once you get used to it.
- Relieve yourself (LOL – not sure if I needed to include this step!)
- Clean up with provided water or bring your own TP. Some places will have a hose or a bucket of water. I prefer to bring my own TP.
- Toss a cup of water into the hole to flush.
After a few tries, you’ll be a pro – and might even come to prefer squat toilets over Western ones.
- More developed areas have Western toilets, but be prepared for squat toilets just in case.
- Never throw TP in a squat toilet. Use the trash.
- Always carry TP if you don’t want to use water.
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